With the Borough of the Causeway Coast & Glens facing restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic, small businesses need our support now more than ever.
Independent businesses need that extra trade boost at the best of times, let alone in the midst of a global pandemic and recession so it is vital that we do what we can to support these businesses while we still can.
There are many outlets throughout the Causeway Coast & Glens where you can buy vouchers for meals from restaurants, cafés, pubs and hotels or buy vouchers from our chemists, butchers, grocery stores, beauty salons, hairdressers, jewellers, gift shops and florists.
By shopping local this Christmas, we will be supporting our local economy.
Backing local businesses is Councillor William McCandless who said “Christmas shopping at the festive season is a time-honoured tradition, however according to retail surveys 40% of us do our Christmas shopping in November with only 20% leaving it to December. The other 40% have been diligently storing away items for months.
“In this year of the Covid pandemic, shopping early for Christmas will help your retailers to provide a safe shopping experience for their customers and staff. It will also assist in reducing long queues in the shops, help maintain social distancing and prevent that last-minute frenetic rush.
“Our local shops and businesses are at the heart of our town, our Main Street and our community. If we don’t support our local shops we will lose them which would have a drastic impact upon the commercial life of our town, local jobs and visitors to the town.
“Spending your money locally is the key to supporting your community and if we don’t want to see more vacant premises – then support them.
Shop local is an opportunity to make a real difference, particularly to our independent retailers. These retailers are at the heart of our town and play a vital role in creating new jobs and improving prosperity.
“That is why I would encourage you to shop local for Christmas.”